The AFSCME, a union that represents state, county, and municipal employees is taking on Springfield to seek a raise for Illinois disabled care workers. Currently, staff wages for Illinois disabled care facilities lag almost 2 dollars behind private employers, making it very difficult for state agencies to retain talented staff to care for the disabled. The pay increase would bring care workers’ hourly wages into line with the cost of living and would approach what private employers pay. In long term care for the disabled, proper wages and salaries are essential to ensure quality care. Often, underpaid and under-trained staff have a high turnover rate which causes resident care to suffer, leading to long term care facility resident abuse and neglect.
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